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The Retroist Podcast takes a nostalgic look back at the last 30 years of retro themed pop culture. Get your regular fix of retro with interviews, reviews and fun filled information. If you enjoy retro pop culture and the 1980s you are in for a real treat.



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The Retroist Podcast
Oct 15, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the short-lived late eighties/early nineties horror anthology TV series, Freddy’s Nightmares. This TV version of A Nightmare on Elm Street was a great way for many burgeoning horror fans to get access to Freddy. Especially those of use who found film Freddy a little too scary. I start off talking about using this show as a gateway and then move onto the series itself. I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the production,...
Topics: horror, tv, anthology, Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven, 1989, podcast, retro, nostalgia, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 8, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1985 horror classic, Fright Night. A movie that deftly combines horror and humor in a slick eighties package. This movie was rightfully very popular at the first video store I worked at and deserves to continue to find new fans. I start off by talking about why it was so great to be a kid who could walk to the movies, especially after watching a horror film. Then I move onto the film itself. I discuss the people in front of and behind the...
Topics: movies, podcast, retro, retroist, nostalgia, fright night, film, horror, 1985
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Jul 19, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the eighties toy line, Inhumanoids.  This toyline and animated series combined, humor, horror, sci-fi and animation like no other.  It is well worth your time.
Topics: Inhumanoids, Hasbro, toys, podcast, retro, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 12, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I dive into an often overlooked computer from the eighties, The Mattel Aquarius.  It is amazing how few of these machines were sold initially, but also how long the Aquarius computer line managed to hold on.  While it is easy to poke fun at this computer, it is good to remember that this was someone's first computer. After discussing how I interacted with the Aquarius at an early age, I move onto the machine itself.  I discuss the companies behind it...
Topics: retroist, podcast, intellivision, radofin, mattel, computers
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Mar 1, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about a technological icon of the eighties, the Kodak Disc Camera. I start off sharing a little background on my experience with cameras. I want to illustrate how far we have come in photography in such a short time and how much of a leap Kodak Disc technology was at the time. It really looked and felt like the future. After my story, I move onto the camera and film. I discuss the technology that made it happen, warn people about the hazards of...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, history, camera, kodak, disc
The Retroist Podcast
Nov 26, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1989 Thanksgiving TV special,  Garfield’s Thanksgiving . I start off the show talking about the pecking order of holiday specials. It is my belief that you should give some of the “B-Team” specials a chance and I hope I can ease you into moving away from the larger ones with  Garfield’s Thanksgiving . After my story, I move onto the special itself. I discuss the man who created Garfield and its evolution in the comic strip, the...
Topics: retro, retroist, podcast, garfield, thanksgiving
The Retroist Podcast
Nov 10, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1981 arcade classic, Tempest. I begin the show by talking about how terrible I am at Tempest, how I spent quarter after quarter on it, never improving, but somehow just getting more infatuated with the game. Then I move onto the game itself. I talk about the game's creator David Theurer and the company he worked for, Atari. After coverings those two gaming icons, I jump into the development of the game, gameplay and much more. Tempest is...
Topics: arcade, video games, atari, retro, retroist, podcast, tempest, theurer, 1981
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 28, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1987 horror show, Werewolf.  This was a one season wonder produced by Frank Lupo that was part of the Fox Networks inaugural season.  Unfortunately it just didn't last.  I start off by talking about how I found the show, but also what it was like to watch TV before it was easy to record shows.  Some things just got lost. Then I move onto talking about the show. I discuss the making of the show, the people in front of and behind the...
Topics: Werewolf, 1987, Podcast, Retroist, TV, Frank Lupo, Horror, Television
The Retroist Podcast
May 18, 2019 Retroist
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This week's show is all about the the 1989 sports comedy classic, Major League.  I start off by talking about my time as a not so great third baseman in little league baseball, then I move onto the move itself.  I discuss the plot of the film, the cast, the alternate ending, the music and much more. Major League is one of just a few great baseball movies and it is filled with great actors.  So if you like baseball or not, I think you will enjoy it.
Topics: baseball, major league, movies, retro, 1989, podcast, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 9, 2019 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the infamous 1980s cult classic, Mac and Me.  This film is widely mocked and is a staple of "move riffers."  I don't feel the same way about the film.  So I start off the show talking about the popularity of this film among families and kids when I worked at the video store. I strongly believe that people should choose how they want to consume art, but I hope to remind people that this film is not a joke to everyone who watches it. After...
Topics: mac and me, 1988, movies, retroist, podcast
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 4, 2019 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is all about the 1980 comedy classic, The Private Eyes.  The movie starred Don Knotts and Tim Conway as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson style characters. This was an amazing show to catch when it ran on HBO in the eighties, it was the primary place I consumed it, usually on lazy afternoons alone or with my friends. After sharing my memories of watching the film, I moved onto the film itself.  I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the production,...
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, movies, film, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, The Private Eyes
The Retroist Podcast
Dec 21, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I discuss the comedy film classic, Trading Places. I begin the show talking about the meteoric rise of Eddie Murphy and what a revelation he was to audiences in the eighties.  After praising Eddie for a while I move onto talking about the film itself. I discuss the films writers, producers, and stars.  I explain the origin of one of my favorite lines from the film and even try to explain exactly what was going on at the end of the film. It's a little confusing, but stick with...
Topics: Retroist, podcast, trading places, movies, comedy, eighties, 1980s
The Retroist Podcast
Nov 13, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk the groundbreaking early computer game, Hunt the Wumpus. I begin the show talking about how accessible the game was to a young me and how it was the highlight of my early time in my High School Computer Club.  After that I move onto the game itself. I discuss the game's creator,  Gregory Yob, his connection to the People's Computer Company, and his favorite platonic solid.  Then I discuss gameplay, ports, Magic the Gathering and much more. Hunt the Wumpus is a very...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, hunt the wumpus, gregory yob
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 29, 2018 Retroist
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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Retroist Podcast.  On today's show, I finally shut up and turn the microphone over other people who tell their Halloween stories. The Retroist Podcast is divided into two sections.  A smaller section where I tell a story related to the subject of the podcast and a longer section about the subject.  If you enjoy those smaller section, you will enjoy this podcast.   In this episode of the show, I am joined by some new contributors and a couple of Retroist...
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, halloween
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 24, 2018 Retroist
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Commercials are an important part of pop culture.  They reflect the time we live in and can trigger strong feelings of nostalgia.  So on today's show, I share with you a few of my favorite from the past on the Retroist Halloween Commercial Specials Podcast.   From food to haunted mansions, I play a wide array of shows, all of them focused around this most creepy of holidays. Some of the shows are local selections.  I really enjoy when they mention unique locations and places.  So if a...
Topics: retro, halloween, commercials, podcast, nostalgia, tv, advertising
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 17, 2018 Retroist
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Halloween is in the air, so I am revisiting the Halloween franchise by talking about the 1981 horror classic, Halloween II.  I start off the show by confessing my enjoyment of a very specific type of horror film.  Then I move onto the film itself.  I discuss the genesis of the film, the people in front of and behind the camera, the story, the novelization and much more. I am a big fan of the first two Halloween films and with the new Halloween film about to hit theaters, this seemed like a...
Topics: retroist, podcast, halloween, strode, loomis, carpenter, hill, movies, 1981, eighties, slasher, film
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 7, 2018 Retroist
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Welcome to the first full episode of the 11th season of the Retroist Podcast, CHiPs.  On today's show I talk about this classic late seventies action police "drama."  I start off the show talking about how I would often watch shows based on what my family would watch and how sometimes those shows, like CHiPs, were amazing. Then I talk about the show itself.  I talk about the people in front of the camera, the production of the show, and much more. metagirl returns with a Top 5 list...
Topics: TV, podcast, retroist, retro, chips, estrada, ponch, retro, television, seventies, eighties,...
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Sep 7, 2018 Retroist
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It is time for the Retroist Season 11 Fall Preview!  A new season of the Retroist Podcast is about to launch.  So what can you expect during season 11?  All sort of fun from your favorite retro TV shows, movies, technology, video games and more.  On today's show you will get a glimpse into what will be available on the show during the fall season.  Hopefully it will make you smile and get you excited for what you will hear.
Topics: Retro, Nostalgia, Fall Preview, Retroist, TV, Movies, Video Games, Computers, Podcast, Podasts
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May 13, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the classic toy from World's of Wonder, Lazer Tag.  I start the show with a story about how my friends and I spent a good part of an amazing summer playing Lazer Tag together.  It is a cherished memory that would not have happened without Lazer Tag. Then I move onto the toy itself.  I discuss the origins of Lazer Tag, the company that made it, the animated series and much more. This is my final episode of this season.  Sadly I did not get to all of the...
Topics: Retroist, Podcast, Worlds of Wonder, Lazer Tag, Tiger Electronics, 1980, eighties, toys
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 22, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the classic sitcom, Night Court. I begin the show talking about how Harry Anderson inspired my love of magic, even though I am not that good at it. I was not planning on doing a Night Court podcast this season.  It was a subject I tried to record a few years ago, but was unhappy with it. With Harry Anderson passing away recently, I decided to take another pass on this show.  I am glad I did, because this show was very meaningful for me durings its...
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Topics: Harry Anderson, Night Court, Retro, Nostalgia, Podcast, Retroist, Must See TV, 1980s, Eighties
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 15, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the 1985 cult film classic, "Gymkata"  I begin the podcast talking about my first exposure to the film. How I found the concept of combining gymnastics and karate compelling at first, but ultimately came to find this idea strange.  Finally I summarize my own martial arts style and how you can master it. I first recorded this show 3 years ago and never finished editing it since I did not like how it sounded.  So I re-recorded it and thought this...
Topics: Retroist, Podcast, Gymkata, Nostalgia, film, movies, karate, gymnastics
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Apr 8, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about a show that recently returned after a long break, "Roseanne."  I start off talking about why I watched Roseanne during its first run and why I will be checking out the reboots. I tried recording this show a few years ago and was never happy with how it turned out.  So I did some recording this year to try and do a better job.  This episode is the result. During the show, I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the show's...
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Topics: Retro, Retroist, nostalgia, Roseanne, podcast, TV, 1988, reboots
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 1, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is all about the 1978 comedy thriller, "Foul Play".  I start off by talking about how I briefly lived my dream of re-enacting a scene from this movie after I moved to California.  It was glorious. Then I talk about the writer/director, the cast, the locations, the soundtrack, the TV series and much more. In a recent episode I mentioned my Foul Play podcast.  Multiple people emailed me asking, "What Foul Play podcast?"  That is when I realized...
Topics: podcast, retro, retroist, chevy chase, nostalgia, foul play, movies, seventies, cinema, film
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Mar 25, 2018 Retroist
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This week on the Retroist Podcast I tackle a film I have attempted to record a few times in the past, Three Amigos.  I start off talking about quoting and emulating films will always be popular and how the infamous Three Amigos salute was banned in my school.  Which naturally just made it a lot more popular. Than I move onto the film itself.  I discuss the other attempts to get the film off the ground, the production, the people in front of and behind the camera, and play a clip of Steve...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, three amigos, movies, film, 1980s
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Mar 17, 2018 Retroist
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On this week's show, I talk about the world's biggest toy store, Toys R Us.  I open by talking about how I felt special going to Toys R Us, because it felt like it was a store meant for me. I originally attempted to record this show a few years ago and was not happy with the result. While I eventually planned to attempt it again, I thought that with the chain being in the news recently that I would take another shot at recording.  On the show, I talk about the person who founded the store,...
Topics: Retro, retroist, nostalgia, podcast, toys-r-us
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Mar 11, 2018 Retroist
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On this week's show I talk about the storied video game console, the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive.  I begin the episode by discussing how the Genesis would become my entry point to the world of retro gaming, well before that was a thing.   This episode has been requested by lots of people over the years and I did not think I could do this amazing system the service is deserves in the length of episode I like.  So hopefully you enjoy what I have put together.  If you like it, there are 1000s...
Topics: retro, retroist, nostalgia, retro gaming, sega, genesis, video games
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 4, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the game show classic, Press Your Luck.  I kick off the show talking about how comforting it was to watch great shows like this when I was home from school.  Then I talk a little about how I turned the Whammies from the show into monsters in my Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Then we get into the meet of the show.  I discuss the show that this is based on, "Second Chance," the people in front of and behind the camera, the tragic death of Peter Tomarkan...
Topics: retroist, game show, podcast, nostalgia, retro, press your luck, whammies
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Feb 22, 2018 Retroist
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I recently watched the Fast and the Furious for the first time. Its similarities to Point Break drove me to rewatch Point Break.  This despite having some negative feelings about the film.  So I talk about those feelings, where they come from, and how some things are worth revisiting despite your feelings. Then I move onto to discussing the film.  I talk about the production, the director, writers, soundtrack, the sequel and much more.   This film is peak Patrick Swayze and I think one of...
Topics: retroist, podcast, retro, nostalgia, swayze, keanu, point break, 1991, movies
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Feb 15, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the eighties comedy classic, 9 to 5.  I start off talking about how I would lay around listening to Dolly Parton, much to my sister's confusion.  If only she had joined me, she would have been much happier, but she was just too much of a punk.   A lot to say about this film in a short amount of time. I talk about the production, the director, writers, musical, tv series and Broadway musical.  This is a very talented cast, so it was difficult to just not spend an...
Topics: 9 to 5, 1980s, film, podcast, movies, Dolly Parton, Retro, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 8, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the video game masterpiece, Moon Patrol.  I start by talking about how obsessed I was with finding arcade games as a kid. It was a remarkable and magical time, but obsession with anything can take away from other things, like a once in a lifetime vacation experience. Then I move onto the game itself.  I talk about the people and companies who made the Moon Patrol, the technology, gameplay and much more.  Including the games made about the comic strip B.C. ...
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Topics: retroist, podcast, video games, arcades, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 30, 2017 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Thriller Podcast. On today's show I talk all about the music video masterpiece, Thriller.  I start off talking about how I was terrified by the monologue from this song while visiting a Ground Round.  Then I move onto Michael Jackson and the song, album and video he brought to the world.  I touch upon the person who wrote the song, how it came about, the production of the video and much more.   It is a fun video, and perfect for this time of year.  I hope I...
Topics: podcast, retroist, mtv, retro, nostalgia, michael jackson, thriller, music videos
The Retroist Podcast
May 18, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the video game masterpiece, Breakout.  I start the show talking about how I bonded with my eldest sister over Breakout and how I do not resent that she is better at Breakout than me.  Not at all.  Then I move onto the game itself. I discuss the people and company that made the game, the history of PONG, the Wizard of Woz, Puppy PONG and much more.  Breakout is an arcade and home video game classic, I hope I can persuade you to check it out or revisit it....
Topics: Retroist, Atari, Podcast, Woz, Wozniak, Breakout, Nostalgia, Retrogaming, video games
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Mar 19, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the Atari 2600 classic, River Raid.  I begin the show by discussing how while I miss a lot of the stuff from the past, being connected and online has its advantages.  Then I moved onto the games itself. I discuss the company that published the game, Activision before going into the background of the designer of the game, Carol Shaw.  Finally I dive into the gameplay, scoring, strategy, sequel, ports and more.
Topics: activision, podcast, retroist, retroist podcast, nostalgia, video games, atari, atari 2600, vcs,...
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Mar 2, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the nineties TV cult classic, Dinosaurs.  I begin by talking about my mixed feelings about how this show ended and how I feel about sitcoms who have "unique" endings.  Then I move onto the show itself.  First I talk about the show's creation and probable inspiration before moving onto its creators.  Then I discuss the people who voiced these wonderful characters, the shows' reception and much more. This was wonderfully creative TV that I hope I can...
Topics: retroist, retro, nostalgia, podcast, tv, television, 1990s, dinosaurs, Henson, must-see tv,...
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Jan 22, 2017 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist MacGyver Podcast. On today's show I talk about the classic TV show, MacGyver.  I start off talking about what a poor MacGyver I would make since I lack subtlety in my handiness.  Then I move onto the show itself.  I talk about the cast, the people in front of and behind the camera.  After that I touch upon the movies, the comics, the reboot and much more.  This is a timely episode for me since I am in the middle of a re-watch of the original.  It is a great show,...
Topics: Retro, retroist, retroist podcast, macgyver, tv, 1980s, 1990s, eighties, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
Dec 31, 2016 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Rubik the Amazing Cube Podcast.  On today's show I start off by talking about the dark urges one feels when challenged to solve a puzzle they are not capable of solving.  Needless to say, it is not pretty.  After I unburden myself of this, I move onto the subject of the podcast.  I talk about this underrated gem, which I honestly love despite its ludicrous writing and plot.  During the show, I discuss the production, talent and much more.   Vic Sage is back on the...
Topics: retro, retroist, podcast, rubik's cube, nostalgia, retroist podcast, metagirl, vic sage
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Oct 15, 2016 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Mazes and Monsters Podcast.  On today's show I start off by talking about my encounters with the film, but more importantly how my family reacted to it. As it turns out, I have a pretty cool family.  After I get through that, I start talking about this 1982 telefilm.  I talk about the people in front of an behind the camera, including the author of the original book, Rona Jaffe.  Then I talk about the inspiration for the story, the plot and so much more. The episode...
Topics: Retro, Retroist, Nostalgia, Podcast, Tom Hanks, RPG, Roleplaying, Dungeons and Dragons, Mazes and...
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Sep 12, 2016 Retroist
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In this episode I start off talking about how I liked to enjoy this film as a kid.  Which leads to an encounter with one of my sister's boyfriends that did not go well (for him).  Then I move onto the film and talk about its inspirations, the people in front of and behind the camera, the soundtrack and much more.
Topics: Retro, Retroist, 1980s, cult movies, podcast, nostalgia, Xanadu, Disco
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On today show I talk about the film classic, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.  I start off talking about how lucky I was to see the movie as a kid and then how difficult it was trying to convince everyone that the movie was amazing when I none of them could ever see it.  Then I talk about the movies itself.  First I mention one of the biggest inspirations for the film, Doc Savage.  After that I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the plot, the...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, doc savage, film, 1980s, buckaroo banzai, cult film
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May 15, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the classic TV show trucking with a chimp comedy, "BJ and the Bear". I start off talking about my experience with CB Radio and how it became a bit of an obsession.  Then I talk about this amazing TV show. I talk about the people who helped make the show, the stars of the show, including that beautiful truck and even more beautiful chimp, the attempted spin-offs, the crossovers, the theme music, where you can find the show today, and much more.  
Topics: Retro, Retroist, TV shows, Podcast, 1970s, 1980s, seventies, trucking, BJ and the Bear, Sheriff...
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Feb 29, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the seminal video game shooting classic, Duck Hunt.  I start off talking about my early experience with Duck Hunt and how it fueled my desire for a Nintendo Entertainment System. Then, in between butchering people's names, I talk about the game itself.  Some subjects I cover include: the games and systems that inspired Duck Hunt, the people who made the game, its reception, music, how to play, how to shoot the dog in Duck Hunt and much much more.
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Topics: Retro, Retroist, Nostalgia, Video Games, NES, Nintendo, Duck Hunt, Zapper, Arcade Games
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Feb 2, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the eighties' sitcom hit, "Newhart".  I start off talking about how I would and still do run a good catchphrase into the ground (it is a compulsion of mine), then I move onto the show.  I talk about the cast, the creator, the characters, the "location" of the famous Inn, the show's reception, the final episode, its music and much much more. Newhart is an amazing show.  I hope this might encourage people to check it out.
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Topics: TV, Newhart, 1980s, Eighties, Podcast, Nostalgia, Retro, Retroist
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Jan 9, 2016 Retroist
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On today' show I talk about the 1986 epic BMX-themed masterpiece, RAD.  I start off talking about my short-lived bike helmet, then I move onto the movie.  I talk about the Director, writers, cast, plot, reception and I throw in a few surprises here and there.  It still surprises me how few people are tracking down this film, so please try and track down a copy, I think you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Topics: BMX, Rad, Podcast, Retro, Nostalgia, Podcast, eighties, movies, film, Bikes, Hal Needham
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Nov 25, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  I have tried to release this episode during past Thanksgiving seasons, but it never came together.  I hope you enjoy it.  I start off talking about how special this holiday is when it is spent with the people who make it special, then I move onto the special.  I talk about the creator of the Peanuts, the producers, directors, animators, plot, voice talent, music and much more.
Topics: Charlie Brown, retro, retroist, podcast, snoopy, thanksgiving, Snoopy, Thanksgiving, Specials, TV,...
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Oct 31, 2015 Retroist
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Today’s show is all about Halloween memories! That’s right it is time for the 6th Annual Retroist Halloween Special. It was a fun show to put together and many of the folks associated with the site joined in to share their Halloween memories. You will hear Tom Berges, Monstermatt Patterson, Tommy Baldwin, Ashley Thomas and of course, Vic Sage and the Projectionist. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed putting it together it. 
Topics: Retro, Halloween, Podcast, Nostalgia, storytelling, retroist, october, horror, frights
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Oct 24, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode of the show I talk about the Vincent Price/William Castle horror classic, "House on Haunted Hill".  I starts off by discussing my parents love of this film and how they introduced me to many things I didn't understand at the time, but love now. Then I move on to the subject of our show.  I talk about the cast, the crew, "Emergo", the plot, the remake and much much more.
Topics: Podcast, Retro, Nostalgia, Retroist, William Castle, Vincent Price, Movies, Horror, Storytelling,...
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Oct 10, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode of the show I talk about the horror classic, "The Blob".  I starts off by discussing the way that different generations can enjoy the same things and still feel nostalgia for those things, just in different ways, then I move on to the subject of our show.  I talk about the cast, the crew, Steve McQueen's bad reputation, the plot, what that goop was made from, the "sequel", the remake and much much more.
Topics: Movies, horror, films, podcast, blog, steve mcqueen, sci-fi, retro, nostalgia, retroist
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Sep 4, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how my family would change completely when we took longer vacations "down the shore" and why I think it is a good idea for all families to have similar vacations.  Then I start talking about the subject of this episode, the 1985 comedy gem, "Summer Rental".  I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the stars, the plot, the locations and much more.  I am joined this week by metagirl who shares John Candy's top...
Topics: Movies, Film, Comedy, Eighties, 1985, Podcast, Nostalgia, Retro, Retroist, John Candy
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Aug 29, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how mysterious and dangerous I found New York City as a kid and how my sister would risk life and limb to adventure there.  Then I start talking about the subject of this episode, Desperately Seeking Susan.  I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the stars, the plots, the location, the novelization and much more.  I am joined this week by metagirl who shares Madonna's top 5 songs from the eighties.
Topics: Retro, Retroist, nostalgia, podcast, movies, Madonna, New York City, film, movie, eighties, 1980s,...
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Jul 26, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how after breaking an Atari joystick while playing Berzerk, I grew closer to one friend and further apart from another.  Then I jump into the star of this episode, the Stern arcade classic, Berzerk.  I talk about the people and company who created the game, the gameplay, strategy, ports, sequels and much much more.
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Jun 13, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode I talk all about Disney's late seventies science fiction classic, "The Black Hole".  I start off by talking about how films like "The Black Hole" played an important part in my discovery of the entertainment that shaped my "tastes".  Then I get into the film.  I talk about the stars of the film, the plot, the production, the robots, the special FX and much more. It is my sincere hope that you will check out this wonderful film either before or...
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Topics: film, movies, podcast, retro, nostalgia, storytelling, retroist, disney, black hole, robots, Sci-fi
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May 23, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode I talk all about the eighties comedy classic, "Stripes".  I start off explaining why I would watch movies dozens of times when I was younger and why it might still be important to do so.  Then I get into the film.  I talk about the stars of the film, the plot, the production, deleted scenes and much more. It might not seem like it, but I am very aware that I do not have the ability to pronounce Harold Ramis' name correctly. This is not the first time I have recorded...
Topics: Retro, Retroist, Movies, Nostalgia, Podcast, Eighties, 1980s, Stripes, Comedy, Bill Murray
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Feb 6, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode of the show I talk about the 1985 John Hughes classic, "The Breakfast Club".  I start off talking about how surprisingly pleasant my detention experiences could be in High School, then I move on to talk about the show.  I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the plot, the filming locations, my inability to say "Des Plaines" correctly, the music, its reception, and much much more.
Topics: Retro, Nostalgia, Podcast, Retroist, Movies, John Hughes, Brat Pack, Eighties
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Dec 24, 2013 Retroist
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On this week's show we talk about the Muppet holiday classic, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".  I start off by talking about an Emmet Otter based school project.  Then I talk about the book, the people in front of and behind the camera, the music, plot, various home video releases and much much more.  I am joined again by Vic Sage who does another great "Why Should I know this Person".  This week, Vic tells you why you should know the very talented, Jerry Juhl. 
Topics: Retro, Muppets, Christmas, Nostlagia, Retroist, Emmet Otter
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Nov 15, 2013 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the 1980s cult classic, Electric Dreams.  This is one of my favorite movies and probably the finest example of a man/woman/computer love triangle ever filmed.
Topics: Movies, Retro, 1980s, Virginia Madsen, Computers, Cult Films
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On this week’s show I talk all about the classic film, Revenge of the Nerds. I talk about the cast, the plot, the sequels and much much more.
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On this week’s show I talk all about the Commodore VIC-20. I talk about the company that made it, the people involved, the technology inside and much much more.
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Alright, we are back. After an all too lengthy break, we finally have a new episode of The Retroist Podcast. This is one all of you have been clamoring for, Murder, She Wrote. You haven’t? Okay, perhaps not a true clamor. But this show is wonderful. I am a huge fan and I am very happy to finally get around to covering it.
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Dec 2, 2011
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Today’s episode is a milestone in Retroist Podcast history, The 100th episode. Hard to believe, but here it is. To celebrate number 100, we are covering a subject near and dear to my heart, the Atari 2600 (VCS). We talk about how it was made, some of the folks involved, its rise and fall, the games and much much more.
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Nov 11, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the short lived cult Saturday Morning cartoon classic, Galaxy High. We talk about how it was made, the people behind it, the cast, the characters, its release in print and on home video and more.
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Oct 28, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the legendary horror film, John Carpenter’s The Fog. We talk about how it was made, the people behind it, the cast, the remake and much much more. Halloween season is coming to end, so it is a good time to sit down and watch a good horror film, I can suggest no finer film to kick end the season (‘cept Halloween).
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This is a couple of days early, just in case you wanted to get a jump on the Halloween season or if you wanted to have something to listen to on Halloween morning. Today show is all about Halloween memories! That’s right it is time for the 3rd Annual Retroist Halloween Special. It was a fun show to put together and many of the folks associated with the site joined in to share their Halloween memories. You will hear Atari Adventure Square, Flack, Hot Pink Heather, Vinvectrex, VicSage, Douglas...
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On today’s show we talk all about the too short lived TV revival, The Twilight Zone, sometimes called The New Twilight Zone or just The Twilight Zone. I talk about how it was made, the people behind it, the narration and its release on home video. Halloween is coming, so it is a good time to sit down and watch a good spooky TV series.
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Oct 7, 2011
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They’re here! On today’s show we talk all about the legendary horror film, Poltergeist. We talk about how it was made, the people behind it, the Curse of the movie, the controversy around its direction, its sequels and much much more. Halloween is coming, so it is a good time to sit down and watch a good horror film, I can suggest no finer film to kick off the season. Okay, maybe a I can suggest a few others, but this is a great start. So fire up those TVs!
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Sep 7, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the groundbreaking text adventure game, Zork. We talk about how it was made, the people behind it, how to play and much much more.
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Aug 19, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the hit Sci-Fi cartoon series, The Jetsons. We talk about the pre-production, the cast, production of the show, its reception in the US and much much more. This is a very special episode because in this episode I get to talk with Judy Jetson herself, Janet Waldo! We talk about working on the Jetsons, how she landed the role, the process of working on the show, her work on Battle of the Planets, working with Bing Crosby and much much more. It was a real honor...
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On today’s show we talk all about the 1970 Sci-Fi series, The Man from Atlantis. We talk about the pre-production, the cast, production of the show, its reception in the US and overseas and much much more. This is a very special episode because in this episode I have conduct my first interview for the show and what an interview! I talk to the Man from Atlantis himself, Patrick Duffy. We talk about the show and how we got the role on Man from Atlantis and the rigors of working on the show, we...
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Jul 22, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the 1980s Sci-Fi comedy hit movie, Short Circuit. We talk about the pre-production, the writers/directors, the cast and cameos, production and much much more.
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Jul 8, 2011
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On today’s show we talk about the remarkable and talented, John Candy. I talk about his TV and movie work, his personal life and his legacy and his early passing.
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Jun 17, 2011
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On today’s show I talk all about the much maligned computer system, The Coleco Adam. I talk about the company who made the system, the merits of the computer, some of the problems it had, its receptions and more.
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May 27, 2011
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On today’s show I talk all about the video game classic Atari 2600 Video Game, Adventure. I talk about the game’s creations, gameplay and its many variations and ports. Just a reminder to drop by our forums to discuss Adventure. Music throughout the show was provided by Peachy.
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May 6, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the classic game, movie, tv show and videogame, Clue. I talk about the game’s creations, gameplay and its many variations and jumps to different entertainment mediums.
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Apr 22, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the video game classic, Dig Dug. I talk about the game’s creations, gameplay and its many variations and ports.
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Apr 8, 2011 Retroist
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On today’s show we talk all about the 1980 comedy hit movie, Airplane!. We talk about the pre-production, the writers/directors, the cast and cameos, production and much much more.
Topics: retro, nostalgia, movies, podcast, airplane, comedy, retroist
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Mar 25, 2011
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On today’s show we talk all about the classic 1980s/1990s talking toy, Teddy Ruxpin. We talk about the creation of this amazing toy and the talented people behind it. We also talk about the TV shows based on Teddy and his different versions.